IDSA Members to Judge First Cradle-to-Cradle Product Design Challenge

Thousands of Dollars up for Grabs

Feb 3 2015 - 4:48pm

Surya Vanka, IDSA, chair of IDSA’s 50th Anniversary International Conference in Seattle, and Alex Lobos, IDSA, assistant professor of industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, are part of the judges panel of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software, are teaming up to offer product designers a chance to win thousands of dollars. Participants are eligible to submit their design after completing the free 1-hour, online course Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products for the Circular Economy. Submissions are due March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April.

The required, online education course provides practical instruction for product designers in the application of “cradle to cradle” design principles. The goal of the Product Design Challenge is to eliminate the concept of “waste” by designing products with materials that may be cycled perpetually to retain their value as nutrients to fuel-growing, global economies.

A cash prize of $2,000 will be awarded in each of the three categories: student; professional; and use of the Autodesk Fusion 360 tool, an integrated 3D computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tool for product development, merging industrial design, mechanical engineering and manufacturing with the benefit of cloud collaboration. If the Autodesk Fusion 360 tool is used, the judges could declare a participant winner in two categories, awarding $4,000.

Entries will be evaluated on design considerations that promote circularity; anticipated next life of the materials; identified path to reuse; choice of materials (non-toxic and cyclable); usefulness; and beauty.